This is the latest edition of one of the definitive books comprehensively addressing the field of radiation oncology. An important practical consideration for a book as literally weighty as this tome is the availability of an ebook version readily accessible in multiple formats. This edition is the third one that includes this feature.
The purpose is to provide an authoritative, comprehensive reference for radiation oncology from multiple perspectives while touching upon established and emerging fields impacting the principles and practice of radiation oncology. This book has fulfilled this purpose since the introduction of the first edition in 1987 as a go-to reference for the field. The current version continues to meet these lofty expectations.
The book will be best appreciated by medical and physics residents, attending radiation oncologists and physicists, and radiobiologists seeking a detailed and deep understanding of their areas of interest. In this respect the book readily addresses these needs. The authors and contributors are widely recognized experts in their fields.
The book is divided into five sections: (1) overview and basic science of radiation oncology; (2) techniques, modalities, and modifiers in radiation oncology; (3) clinical radiation oncology; (4) palliative and supportive care; and (5) economics, education, ethics, and technology assessment. This final section has been expanded from three to five chapters compared with the previous edition.
The current edition of this book serves as a worthy tribute to the distinguished life and career of Luther Brady and as a timely update in the rapidly evolving field of radiation oncology."
Weighted Numerical Score: 84 - 3 Stars